Biomass Conversion


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Biological production, Biomolecules and Biochemistry I or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In the project, the students work with individually chosen biomasses which should be analyzed with respect to main composition. The biomass can be pretreated or, if possible, already pretreated by others and enzymes should be applied for conversion of the biomass into a sugar stream. This can be used for production of food, feed, energy, biochemicals and commodities.

The analyses are carried out both from technological and sustainable considerations. Since plant biomass constitute the major resource for biological production, an introduction to algal, plant cells and plant cell walls will also be given. Competences are given within laboratory based work and writing of a report based on experimental data.

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module can

  • Present an overview of plant or algae biomass as a resource
  • Understand the basic structure of plants or algae and their cell walls
  • Give an overview of plant or algae biomass conversion, including the need for pretreatment¬†


  • Carry out simple analyses of plant or algae biomass with respect to its composition of main components (e.g. cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin etc.)
  • Apply enzymes to degrade plant or algae biomass
  • Be able to calculate the hydrolysis efficiency
  • Be able to calculate theoretical yield of a biological production (e.g. conversion of the biomass into bioethanol)¬†


  • Define a biorefinery concept
  • Apply sustainability criteria in the development of biorefinery concepts
  • Estimate the environmental impact
  • Understand the basis of carrying out experimental work¬†

Type of instruction

Lectures and project work including laboratory work

Extent and expected workload

450 hours



Name of examBiomass Conversion
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleOmdannelse af biomasse
Module codeK-BBT-B2-10
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science